Sidney Crosby C PIT 2 Days

Despite taking five shots on goal, Crosby went pointless for the second straight game Thursday.

The Penguins captain missed on a third-period breakaway which would've given his team a 4-1 lead. Crosby remains stuck on nine points (4G, 5A), including three at even strength and six on the power play. He'll look to get back on track Saturday in Nashville.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 7 Days

Crosby became the sixth-fastest player to reach 500 assists Saturday, picking up a pair of power-play helpers in his 544th career contest.

He has four goals and nine points (including five on the man advantage) in four games, tying the fastest start in his 10 NHL seasons. Crosby already has as many goals in four games as he did in the team's final 25 games of 2013-14 (including the playoffs).

Sidney Crosby C PIT 9 Days

Crosby scored his fourth goal of the season -- a power-play marker -- Thursday against Dallas.

The center, who also hit a post, took an ill-advised tripping penalty with 10 ticks left in regulation -- leading to Tyler Seguin's game-winning goal. Crosby will look to add to total of seven points in three games Saturday against New York. The captain has 83 points (25G, 58A) in 45 contests versus the Islanders.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 14 Days

Crosby rang up three power-play points, including a goal and two assists, in Saturday's 5-2 win over Toronto.

He now has back-to-back three-point efforts and has prospered in coach Mike Johnston's puck possession system. Crosby totaled just 16:38 TOI as the Pens cruised to an easy victory. He was named the game's No. 1 star for his efforts. Crosby, who missed the bulk of preseason with an undisclosed injury, has found early success on a line including Chris Kunitz and newcomer Patric Hornqvist (who registered nine shots on goal).

Sidney Crosby C PIT 16 Days

Crosby registered three points Thursday, scoring two goals -- including a power-play marker -- and an assist against the Ducks.

He led all Pittsburgh forwards in total ice time (20:19), power-play ice time (4:37) and shots (5). Crosby collected two points in the first eight minutes and never looked back. After the centerman netted just one goal in 13 playoff contests -- mostly due to a wrist injury --last spring, fantasy owners have to be happy that the captain potted two goals Thursday (especially since both were wrist shots).

Sidney Crosby C PIT 23 Days

Crosby made his preseason debut Wednesday, skating 18:47 TOI while taking a game-high seven shots in a pointless effort against the Red Wings.

Crosby, who made it through the game unscathed, took just nine shots combined in his final four spring playoff games -- making Wednesday's shot total somewhat impressive. Injury speculation will likely dog him until he shows that he can score and be the player he was for the first five months of 2103-14, but Wednesday proved to be an encouraging start. The Penguins are off now until Oct. 9, when they host Anaheim in the regular-season opener.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 24 Days

Crosby (personal) will make his preseason debut Wednesday against the Red Wings, Craig Custance of the ESPN.com reports.

Crosby was limited early in camp due to an undisclosed injury, but he's since returned to full health and was away from the team the last few days to the death of a family member. Penguins coach Mike Johnston has been pleased with how Crosby has acclimated himself in camp despite the missed action, so as long as health permits in the regular season, another Hart Trophy could be in sight.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 26 Days

Crosby will miss Monday's tilt in Minnesota due to the death of his grandmother.

Crosby practiced Monday and then left for the funeral in Nova Scotia. If he plays Thursday, then that will be his first and only preseason game. Crosby decided against summer wrist surgery and an undisclosed second injury -- possibly a shoulder ailment -- has kept him out of preseason action. There's an element of risk to owning Crosby in 2014-15 which hasn't been highlighted very much.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 28 Days

Crosby will not play in Saturday's preseason game due to a death in his family, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Crosby was planning to play in Saturday's contest, but he will instead sit out in order to be with his family. It remains to be seen when he will return to the team.

Sidney Crosby C PIT 29 Days

Crosby (undisclosed) will play in the Penguins' preseason game Saturday, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reports.

Crosby surprised everyone by practicing earlier this week after reports emerged that he would miss a significant portion of the preseason. Now that he is ready to play in the preseason, the injury should not factor into any fantasy decisions.